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I have two Hogan tree traps in place, 3 weeks ago I added a frame of uncapped brood to each box. A week later both deeps had superceding cells on those same frames. I brought both captured swarms home and noticed 2 days ago the cells had hatched. How long should it take for Queen to mate and begin to lay? Thanks for all answers... DAM Bees,,,, aka Dirk A Morgan
 

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Based on Michael Bush's BeeMath page, there is roughly 12 days between queen emergence and her laying eggs. Here is the details ....

Caste Hatch Cap Emerge
Queen3½ days8 days +-116 days +-1Laying28 days +-5
Worker 3½ days 9 days +-120 days +-1Foraging42 days +-7
Drone3½ days10 days +-124 days +-1Flying to DCA38 days +-5
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm
 
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